Campfire Cooking: Pizza Pockets
I first discovered the hobo pie maker (or pudgy pie or pie iron, depending upon your region) when my now husband and I went camping together for the first time many moons ago when we were dating. I had camped all the time growing up, but we pretty much stuck to the basics of sticks and skillets – nothing as fancy as this.
The husband really likes using it to make fruit pies with standard pie filling, but I like to use it for more savory applications, such as these delicious pizza pockets (basically sandwiches, but the edges pinch together just enough to make it a pocket). I’ve been making these these bad boys for a long time, so I figured it was high time I shared it with y’all.
If you camp at all, even just casually, then having this inexpensive pie maker on hand is a great way to make quick and easy dinners or lunches (or desserts) with minimal cleanup and hassle. Simply spray each side of the pie iron with a non-stick cooking spray, put a slice of your favorite bread on each side and then fill up the middle with your toppings, leaving about 1/2″ on each side so all of the good stuff doesn’t smoosh out (yes, smoosh is totally a word).
You can feel free to add your favorite pizza toppings to this, though you don’t want to load it up too much – per the aforementioned smooshing – but you can add some veggies if you like. I kept it very simple because I slicing up veggies makes it a bit more involved, but you could always pre-cut the veggies and store in an airtight container if you are only going out for a night or so.
- 4 Slices of Bread
- Vegan Pepperoni
- Vegan Shredded Cheese
- Pizza Sauce
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray or Vegan Butter
- Spray each side of the pie iron and lay down a piece of bread on one side.
- Put down a layer of cheese on the bread, followed by a layer of pepperoni, and then about a tablespoon of sauce. Top with another layer of cheese and then place the other slice of bread on top. Close the iron and place over the fire where there are hot coals, preferably not over a flame, and cook approximately 5-7 minutes each side. Alternatively, you can assemble the sandwich as above and then place a pat of vegan butter in a skillet and cook it like a grilled cheese over the fire.
What is your favorite quick camping meal?